Trust in Fox News drops for 1/5 of viewers amidst Dominion lawsuit

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Trust in Fox News has dropped precipitously among viewers, as the conservative cable news juggernaut continues to feel the fallout from a series of ongoing lawsuits over the network's coverage of the 2020 presidential election.

More than one-fifth of Fox News viewers over the age of 18 say they trust the network less now, according to a Maru Public Opinion survey commissioned by Variety's Intelligence Platform and published on Thursday. This comes in the wake of court documents and released text messages showing that station hosts, producers, and executives privately denounced former President Donald Trump's 2020 claims of a "stolen election," even as they publically promulgated those same claims on air. All told, 21 percent of adult Fox viewers indicated they now trust the network less, compared to just 12 percent of overall adults. Similarly, although 50 percent of Fox viewers still said they believed the 2020 election was "stolen" from Trump, 13 percent of respondents said they "now do not believe the 2020 election was stolen due to voter fraud," after learning of NewsCorp chief Rupert Murdoch's testimony discrediting those theories, given during a deposition for voting machine company Dominion's $1.6 billion dollar suit against the network.

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Rafi Schwartz, The Week US

Rafi Schwartz has worked as a politics writer at The Week since 2022, where he covers elections, Congress and the White House. He was previously a contributing writer with Mic focusing largely on politics, a senior writer with Splinter News, a staff writer for Fusion's news lab, and the managing editor of Heeb Magazine, a Jewish life and culture publication. Rafi's work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GOOD and The Forward, among others.